Social value to gain stronger foothold in government procurement

Securing lucrative government contracts could become easier for social enterprises from next year, with new requirements for commissioning staff to factor in social value when awarding contracts – and new tools to help them do so.

The measures – announced alongside a new approach to first-time outsourcing and contingency plans for contractor firm collapse – will “revolutionise” government procurement, helping to deliver better public services and ensuring its contracting is a “force for good”, according to a Cabinet Office statement issued last week.

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